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Good morning:

It's cool, but not a bad morning in the St. John's-metro region.

It's currently about 5 degrees Celsius and it was pretty calm outside when I drove to work this morning. The high temperature today is expected to be about 9 Celsius, according to Environment Canada.

The highs on the Thanksgiving weekend will be between 8 and 10 Celsius. There's a possibility of rain showers in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

Here's a look at the Environment Canada weather graphic for St. John's and vicinity and more detailed text version of the forecast into next week.
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Today, 11 October
Mainly cloudy. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this afternoon. High 9.

Tonight, 11 October
Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of rain showers changing to 60 percent chance of flurries or rain showers overnight. Low plus 2.

Saturday, 12 October
Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers in the morning and afternoon. Wind becoming north 20 km/h gusting to 40 in the morning then becoming northwest 20 in the evening. High 8.

Sunday, 13 October
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Windy. Low plus 2. High 8.

Monday, 14 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 3. High 10.

Tuesday, 15 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 5. High 12.

Wednesday, 16 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 5. High 9.

Thursday, 17 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 5. High 9.
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The live webcam view at St. John's International Airport this morning.
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All flights at St. John's International Airport are on time this morning.

One Air Canada flight from St. John's to Gander was delayed last night, but on the airport's website, it appears that everything is on schedule this morning.
Friday October 11, 2013 7:04 
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The two ferries - MV Beaumont Hamel and MV Sound of Islay - are operating on the Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry service this morning.
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Schools are open today in the NL English School District but they will be closed Monday for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Here's a screen grab below from the board's website, showing all the holidays for the school year.
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Cops have him in custody he tried to leave. He's lucky to be alive #nltraffic pic.twitter.com/OFtpHF9LzC
Friday October 11, 2013 7:17 TJ
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These photos above and below were posted on Twitter late Thursday by @rocksolidtowing of a car that rolled over off Portugal Cove Road near Neary's Pond Road.
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There are suggestions that it may have been an impaired driver, which seems to be all too common on the Avalon.

In the latest overnight report from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, as a result of a traffic stop Thursday, a 35-year-old man was given a seven-day driving suspension for operating a vehicle over the legal alcohol level.

As a result of a hit and run in the Penneywell Road area of St. John's, a 23-year-old man was charged with operating a vehicle with no insurance, having no valid drivers license and operating a vehicle unregistered. The vehicle was subsequently impounded.

And around 4 p.m. members of RNC patrol division responded to a report of a possible impaired driver in the east end of St. John’s.

A 28-year-old man was stopped and it was learned that there was an outstanding arrest warrant on file for him. Additionally, he was charged with several breaches of court orders, possession of stolen property, public mischief, and operating a motor vehicle while his ability was impaired.
He was detained for court
Friday October 11, 2013 7:23 
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#NLtraffic I'm tellin ya, Newfoundland has some of the worst drivers...
Friday October 11, 2013 7:24 Jessica
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This photo below was Tweeted Thursday afternoon showing traffic tied up on Thorburn Road. There's still a lot of street work going on around the St. John's-metro region.
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Friday October 11, 2013 7:27 Lydia
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And here's one more Twitter pic from Thursday afternoon.
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The garbage truck that went off of the road, all for you @donnydooley #nltraffic pic.twitter.com/EUerKJG988
Friday October 11, 2013 7:28 Jeff Bjanes
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At one time, it was only media and police taking photos at accident scenes, but with today's technology, more and more people are taking photos and posting them instantly on Twitter and other social media sites.
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The front page of today's Telegram.
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The third part of Tara Bradbury's series "Living with Death" is in today's Telegram.
A link to the article online is in the Tweet below.
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Living with Death, Part 3: Looking at ‘the care side’ by Tara Bradbury can be read at ow.ly/pIl21
Friday October 11, 2013 7:36 The Telegram
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Geoff Carnell of Carnell's Funeral Home and Amanda Laite-Rogers, funeral consultant at Fillatres' Funeral Home in Deer Lake are interviewed in Tara's feature today.

When my husband died in December, I was grateful for the support and assistance I received from Barrett's Funeral Home.

Managing funeral director Ed Avery and his staff were very professional and really helped me through a very difficult time.

I think sometimes we take these people for granted. Their jobs have to be difficult, but they are special people to do what they do and take some of the burden off grieving loved ones. I really have a different perspective on their profession today.
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Ashley Fitzpatrick has a story on page 1 of The Telegram today about the big offshore oil project announced Thursday in Placentia.

Here's a link below to her story.
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Big benefits from smaller development. Ashley Fitzpatrick writes about an offshore oil project announced Thursday. ow.ly/pIlwg
Friday October 11, 2013 7:49 The Telegram
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The Kelly’s Pub Molson Bulldogs won 2-1 Thursday in the Molson St. John's senior softball final.

Kenn Oliver's story is online at the link below.
Friday October 11, 2013 7:53 
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Extra, extra! Cleary pitches a classic. Kenn Oliver's story is online at ow.ly/pIlZh
Friday October 11, 2013 7:53 The Telegram
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@AnthonyGermain nothing like a hot coffee and a fat newspaper on a Saturday morning! Love!!
Friday October 11, 2013 7:56 Kellie Marie
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This Tweet above rings true to me too. There's something about hot coffee and the smell of a fresh newspaper that's always appealed to me since I was a child.

I guess it could have something to do with the fact I've been in this business a long time and still enjoy it.
Friday October 11, 2013 7:59 
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Bonnie Belec has another story in today's Telegram about staffing shortages in long-term care facilities.

A link to her story is in the Tweet below.
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Nurses spread thin at Hoyles-Escasoni: union. Bonnie Belec's story is online at ow.ly/pIuSF
Friday October 11, 2013 8:01 The Telegram
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Kevin Tobin's editorial cartoon in today's Telegram @stevenkent hope you have a sense of humour. pic.twitter.com/2QoZcLn9G6
Friday October 11, 2013 8:05 Deana StokesSullivan
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Dr. Pradip Ganguly, retired cancer specialist, speaks to St. John's Rotary about progress in cancer treatments. ow.ly/pIvuQ
Friday October 11, 2013 8:11 The Telegram
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An investigation is underway into a structure under construction on Roaches Line that collapsed Thursday, trapping a worker.

The story by Nicholas Mercer of The Compass can be read at the link below.
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Worker trapped after building collapses on Roaches Line. Nicholas Mercer's story can be read at ow.ly/pIw7W
Friday October 11, 2013 8:14 The Telegram
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There was another twist Thursday in the David Folker murder trial.
The jury has been dismissed until Tuesday while the judge and lawyers deal with another legal issue.

Rosie Gillingham's story can be read at http://ow.ly/pIwnJ
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Gotta love when a jerk in a Jeep gets cranky that you don't let him change lanes, swerves towards you and gives the finger #nltraffic
Friday October 11, 2013 8:18 ~Sheila~
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Great driving conditions on the TCH Avalon. Drive safely and watch for moose. Cst Dennis Hann
Friday October 11, 2013 8:18 RCMP NL Traffic
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A couple of traffic Tweets above.
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Donnie Snook, who worked with youth in Newfoundland before moving to New Brunswick, was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday for sexually abusing boys and making pornographic images.

Here's the latest Canadian Press story:

By Kevin Bissett
The Canadian Press — Saint John, N.B.

A former municipal politician and youth worker in Saint John, N.B., abused his position of trust to sexually abuse and make pornographic images of boys for 12 years, a provincial court judge said Thursday as he sentenced Donnie Snook to an 18-year prison term.

Snook, who pleaded guilty in May to 46 charges, including sexual assault and possessing, distributing and making child pornography, showed no emotion as he was led away in handcuffs.
Snook also faces two counts each of sexual assault and sexual interference involving a boy for alleged incidents in the mid-1990s in Newfoundland. Defence lawyer Dennis Boyle said the courts in Newfoundland have agreed to transfer those charges to be heard in New Brunswick and his client will plead guilty to them.

He said the New Brunswick Crown Prosecutors Office must still agree to accept the transfer of the charges and set a court date.
His crimes in New Brunswick, which began in January 2001 and went on until his arrest in January of this year, involved 17 boys, most of whom were from the Saint John area and between the ages of five and 15 at the time of the offences.

At his sentencing hearing in August, Snook said he was ashamed of his actions and told the court he was sexually abused as a boy in Newfoundland.
“If anyone should have known better, it was me,” Snook, 41, said at the time.
“I became the very thing I hated most: a person who molested children.”

“It’s important for the victims to know that it was not their fault,” said provincial court Judge Alfred Brien, adding that many of Snook’s victims declined counselling.
“Regretfully, not all of the victims have come to terms with their abuse.”

Snook’s sister, Donna, declined comment on the sentence Thursday, but said she thinks there should be mandatory counselling for the victims.
“Some of them are going to be, in 10 or 15 years, right back here in court and we’re going to be doing this all over again,” she said outside court.
“They should have counselling because some of them are going to continue the behaviour.”
Snook was given 15 months credit for time already served, meaning he has 16 years and nine months left on his sentence. He will be eligible for parole after serving one-third of that.
The Crown had argued for a 21-year prison sentence, saying Snook created a “permissive atmosphere” in his suburban home by luring boys with cash, allowing them to consume alcohol and marijuana, and having them carry out sex acts.
Outside court Thursday, Crown prosecutor Karen Lee Lamrock said she was satisfied with the judge’s ruling.
“He’s handed down an 18-year sentence, which is one of the longest sentences ever awarded in Canada, and I hope that this will begin the healing for the victims,” Lamrock said.
Boyle had argued for a 12-year prison term, saying Snook is willing to help the victims in any way he can and is eager to undergo rehabilitation. But he said Thursday the sentence was appropriate.
“He’s looking forward to the treatments that he can have and those are not only with his pedophilia, but he has received no treatment whatsoever for his own abuse as a child,” Boyle said outside court.
Grace Murphy, who worked with Snook on a lunch program for youths, said she was disappointed he wasn’t given a stiffer penalty.
“He’s done so much damage to the vulnerable children and there was a lot of them,” she said. “It’s sad.”

Brien also ordered Snook to provide a DNA sample, and he will be placed on the sex offender registry for the rest of his life.
Snook was arrested by the RCMP after an investigation that began in 2011 involving the Saint John and Toronto police. After his arrest, police seized his computers and discovered more than 15,000 photos and videos of child pornography, court heard.

He was elected to Saint John city council in 2008 and was involved in community organizations such as the Inner City Youth Ministry, which provides sports programs, mentoring and lunches at three schools.
A forfeiture hearing has been set for Nov. 15, at which point the court will consider what to do with property seized during the investigation, such as Snook’s home and computers, including a laptop belonging to the City of Saint John.
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Traffic is starting to get heavy on Portugal Cove Road. Cooler today but still nice driving. #telynl pic.twitter.com/z7S13v5AJG
Friday October 11, 2013 8:24 Gary Grant
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There's a new direct flight from St. John's to New Brunswick. Here's a Canadian Press story on it.

The Canadian Pres — Moncton, N.B.

A new direct flight from Moncton to St. John’s took off for the first time Thursday.
Pascan Aviation is offering weekday round-trip flights from the city in New Brunswick to the Newfoundland and Labrador capital.

Brenda Libby of Pascan says the flight has been years in the making for the small, Quebec-based airline.
Moncton airport officials have been lobbying airlines to provide the direct flight for several years.
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And here are a couple of photos by The Telegram's Keith Gosse of a Pascan Aviation plane touching down at St. John's International Airport Thursday.
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Here's the latest on that outage that affected Rogers customers Wednesday night. The company says the problem has been rectified.
That's good to know before the Thanksgiving weekend. I'm sure a lot of family members will be connecting through their networks.

Rogers says software glitch knocked out voice and text for cellphone customers

By LuAnn LaSalle
The Canadian Press
Rogers Communications says it has fixed a network software problem that temporarily shut down text and phone service to about two-thirds of its 10 million cellphone customers.
The telecom giant restored services late Wednesday night after services went down for several hours.

“Due to a software glitch, the mobile network switches couldn’t handle a sudden spike in all of the network signals they were receiving that contain instructions needed to put through cellphone calls and text messages,” chief technology officer Bob Berner said from Toronto.

“Regardless of why it happened, it’s not going to happen again,” Berner said.
Marketing expert Raymond Pirouz said Rogers’ reputation will take a hit.
“Ultimately, the Rogers brand will deteriorate in the mind of the consumer,” said Pirouz, who lectures at the Ivey School of Business at Western University in London, Ont.

“But when the consumer has little choice to make a move, the situation becomes a sad state of affairs,” he said, referring to the lack of competition in Canada’s wireless sector.
Queen’s University associate professor John-Kurt Pliniussen said consumers are always surprised and annoyed when a network goes down, but it’s impossible to guarantee “100 per cent reliability.”

But he said the hit to Rogers’ brand will be minimal given the problem didn’t take long to fix, compared to a global BlackBerry text messaging outage in 2011 that lasted about four days.
“It’s sort of a like a slap in the face that all of this technology and connectivity that we rely on 24-7 is fallible,” said Pliniussen, who teach marketing at the school in Kingston, Ont.

On Twitter, users tweeted that Rogers had some “splaining to do,” while another complained the timing couldn’t have been worse after she had just extended her Rogers’ contract and upgraded her cellphone.
An Australian man living in New York with the Twitter handle (at)Rogers tweeted that he was getting inundated with angry messages from Canadian cellphone customers.
“The wrath of a thousand Canadians is a mighty sight. rogersoutage,” wrote Twitter user Glenn Rogers during the outage.
Rogers CEO Nadir Mohamed acknowledged the service breakdown was “unacceptable.”
“I sincerely apologize to all of our customers for this significant inconvenience and appreciate their understanding and patience,” Mohamed said in a statement early Thursday.

Rogers and Fido postpaid wireless customers, those on a contract and who pay monthly, will receive a credit on their bills for one day of service because of the outage, said Rogers (TSX:RCI.B).
Telecom analyst Troy Crandall the quick apology by Mohamed was a “smart move.”
“It’s just a little, tiny hiccup in a long story for Rogers,” said Crandall, of investment firm MacDougall, MacDougall and MacTier in Montreal.
The Toronto-based company said its data services did not appear to be affected by the outage.

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The lazy, truck driving moose hunters are out in force on the Witless Bay line this morning #nltraffic
Friday October 11, 2013 8:38 Barry Thompson
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This Tweet above was just posted this morning.

People doing this should know it's illegal to hunt from a road and illegal to hunt from a vehicle. It really makes Newfoundlanders look bad when people are doing this.

My husband loved moose hunting, but didn't mind walking for miles in country. That was part of the whole experience, to enjoy the outdoors.
Friday October 11, 2013 8:40 
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Anyone else notice the #nltraffic light sequence is changed again at ORR/Topsail Rd? Seems to be much longer left going to ORR EB now.
Friday October 11, 2013 8:40 StJohnsWorstDrivers
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Love when this #crisp air hits you! #ilovewinter bring on the snow #nlwx #steadybrook #bestcoast
Friday October 11, 2013 8:41 Donnie O'Keefe
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"...possibility of flurries mixing in for parts of the Island Friday night." Ahhhhhhh! I'm not ready! bit.ly/19m4VhV. #nlwx
Friday October 11, 2013 8:42 Allison Furlong
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Friday October 11, 2013 8:42 Charles Pender
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Official forecast now indicating possibility of flurries mixing in for parts of the Island Friday night: bit.ly/19m4VhV. #nlwx
Friday October 11, 2013 8:42 Rodney Barney
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Some weather Tweets above. And below are some nice photos posted on Twitter this week.
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Topsail Beach Sunset - Oct 8th, 2013. #nlwx pic.twitter.com/cuOYNnYufz
Friday October 11, 2013 8:43 David K
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Friday October 11, 2013 8:43 David K
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Looking for a Thanksgiving recipe? You could try Canadian Living Herbed roast turkey bit.ly/1biiqjQ pic.twitter.com/gxa3bPPM51
Friday October 11, 2013 8:49 Deana StokesSullivan
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There's a lot more recipes for Thanksgiving on Canadian Living's website at http://bit.ly/17j3IF1

Of course, if you're making dressing you have to use Newfoundland savoury. It really makes the difference in a Thanksgiving meal or on any occasion.
Friday October 11, 2013 8:52 
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Tyra DaweTyra Dawe : 
Sunrise ☀️ #Sunrise #Nature #NoFilter #Water #Botwood #Newfoundland #Beautiful
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artedieartedie : 
#trinity#newfoundland#stormy#canada
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Róisín TroyRóisín Troy : 
#newfoundland #instadog #newfie #reflection #evening #autumn #walk #lake
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Ashley RideoutAshley Rideout : 
#newfoundland #moose #standing #trees
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ratkinson2ratkinson2 : 
Gorgeous St John's #newfoundland
Friday October 11, 2013 8:53 
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smokyogismokyogi : 
Another one of my #favourite shots from my trip to #bonavista #newfoundland #nl #paint #shed #sky #red #igersnewfoundland #igers #justgoshoot #latergram #shed
Friday October 11, 2013 8:53 
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Sam BiltonSam Bilton : 
#tbt See you in December St.Johns. #Newfoundland #pumped #eastcoast #unreal #loveit
Friday October 11, 2013 8:53 
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Some Newfoundland photos above posted on Instagram. Beautiful landscapes and skies.
Friday October 11, 2013 8:55 
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Here's an interesting story about a reported UFO incident in the United States 40 years ago.

I wish my dad was still alive to talk to him about things like this. He was a technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force but passed away in 1981.

Here's the Associated Press story:

At 40th anniversary of Pascagoula UFO incident, survivor says it turned his life upside down

By Jeff Amy
The Associated Press — Pascagoula, Miss.
Charles Hickson never regretted the notoriety that came his way after he told authorities he encountered an unidentified flying object and its occupants 40 years ago on the banks of the Pascagoula River. Until his death in 2011, Hickson told his story to anyone who would listen.
But Calvin Parker Jr., the other man present for one of the most high-profile UFO cases in American history, has never come to terms with what he still says was a visit with grey, crab-clawed creatures from somewhere else. He says the encounter on Oct. 11, 1973, turned his life upside down.

“This is something I really didn’t want to happen,” Parker told The Associated Press as the 40th anniversary of the encounter approached.
Parker was unnerved by initial crush of unwelcome attention, with newsmen and UFO enthusiasts overrunning Walker Shipyard, where he and Hickson worked. He tried to dodge the spotlight for decades, moving frequently before returning to Mississippi’s Gulf Coast in recent years.

The incident made headlines, sparked a wave of UFO sightings nationwide and became one of the most widely examined cases on record. Skeptics ranged from the deputies who first interviewed the men to an author who sought to poke holes in the story, and Parker himself has had conflicting thoughts about whether he was visited by aliens or demons.
Parker, now 58, was 18 when he went fishing with Hickson on a tranquil Thursday night after work.

As they dangled their lines without much luck, the two said a UFO with blue lights swooped down. They told of a zipping noise made by the object.
Hickson, then 42, said three creatures with leathery grey skin and crab-like claws — he thought they were robots — took them by the forearms and levitated them aboard the craft. He said something that looked like a large floating eye appeared to examine him.
Parker says he was conscious but paralyzed.
“They gave a thorough, I mean a thorough, examination to me just like any doctor would,” he said.

And then they were back on the shore, where it all began. The UFO was gone and Parker said they tried to collect themselves. Hickson needed three shots of liquor from a bottle in his car to calm his nerves before deciding to report what happened.
At the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, deputies initially suspected both men were drunk. Then-Capt. Glenn Ryder, who still works for the sheriff’s office, said he laughed at the report, but met with the men. Parker and Hickson stuck to their story.
After the formal interview, deputies left Hickson and Parker together in a room with a hidden tape recorder, hoping to catch them in a lie.

“Me and the other investigator got up and left to let them talk, to see if they were going to say, ’Well, we got them fooled,’ but they didn’t,” Ryder said. “They were really concerned.”
On the tape, Hickson tells Parker, “It scared me to death too, son. You can’t get over it in a lifetime. Jesus Christ have mercy.”
“I don’t know what happened to them,” Ryder said. “I wasn’t there with them, but I know you don’t fake fear, and they were fearful. They were fearful.”

The next afternoon, the story was splashed across the front pages of newspapers in Pascagoula and Gulfport. Overnight, Pascagoula became a magnet for news reporters and UFO investigators.
Widespread interest in UFOs began in the 1940s with an incident at Roswell N.M., in which UFO enthusiasts believe the government got its hands on a crashed UFO and alien bodies. The government spent decades denying it.
In the 1960s, interest flared anew with a series of reports, including the purported alien abduction of New Hampshire couple Betty and Barney Hill in 1961. The widespread attention to the Pascagoula encounter set off a new round of reports.

In south Mississippi, hundreds of reports overwhelmed authorities in the two weeks after the Hickson-Parker encounter.
There were hoaxes and humour too. A Long Beach, Miss., taxi driver told police a being with pincers tapped on his window, a story he admitted days later was fake.
A Mobile, Ala., television station said it would record a UFO appearance predicted by a psychic between Mobile and nearby Pascagoula. Roughly 1,000 cars converged on the spot, where nothing happened.

An Ocean Springs alderman proposed an ordinance making it illegal to operate a UFO at more than twice the speed of light on U.S. 90, the coast’s main drag. Mayor Tom Stennis voted against the ordinance, joking he didn’t want to discourage tourism.
UFO skeptic Philip Klass believed Hickson and Parker’s report was a hoax. In his book “UFOs Explained,” he noted Hickson changed some details of his story and claimed a polygraph operator whose test Hickson passed wasn’t up to the task. Parker later passed a lie detector test himself.

Hickson would go on to appear on talk shows, give lectures and interviews, and self-publish a book in 1983 titled “UFO Contact at Pascagoula.” He reported three more encounters in 1974, and said the aliens communicated to him that they were peaceful.
“The only thing he wanted to do was let everybody know we were not alone,” said Eddie Hickson, his son. “He didn’t care if you believed him or not. If you wanted to listen, by gum, he’d tell you.”
“He could never understand why he was chosen,” the younger Hickson added. “But he never once told me that he wished it had never happened. Never.”
Parker said the intrusions by curiosity seekers have become less frequent over the years, but have never really let up. “You don’t never have no privacy,” he said.
Parker married later in 1973 and eventually took oil industry and out-of-state construction jobs to escape the attention.
“By the time you get somewhere and they figure out who you were, I’d just go,” he said. “I’d just go find another job somewhere.”
Parker attended some UFO conventions, and was once hypnotized by Budd Hopkins, a noted UFO investigator. He briefly tried to capitalize on his story in 1993 by starting a Louisiana company called UFO Investigations where he and partners would produce television segments on the subject.

Parker moved to Moss Point in 2006 and in 2010 suffered a stroke that limited him physically. He’s on disability aid now, but sometimes boats by the site of the encounter when he goes fishing. He said that just recently he met a woman at a gas station who already knew who he was.
“I’m always recognized,” he said.
There’s no historical marker on the river bank noting the encounter, and stores don’t sell UFO souvenirs. But local people remember — though often with skepticism and jokes.
For his part, Parker said he’s had conflicting thoughts over the years about that night in 1973. At one point, he wasn’t even sure the creatures were aliens. They might have been demons, he said.
“I’m a firm believer in God and where there’s good, there’s bad,” Parker said.
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In this Oct. 11, 1998 file photograph (above) Charles Hickson, of Pascagoula, Miss., stands where he and fellow Mississippian Calvin Parker, Jr. were allegedly abducted by aliens on Oct. 11,1973, on the banks of the Pascagoula River in Pascagoula Miss. The incident made headlines, sparked UFO sightings nationwide and became one of the most widely examined cases on record. Hickson co-wrote a book about the experience and spoke openly to reporters about the abduction, while Parker kept a low profile over the years. — Associated Press photo
Friday October 11, 2013 9:01 
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Well, that's it for the live blog this morning.

I'll be off Monday enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday, but will be back with the live blog Tuesday morning, 7-9 a.m.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend.

Take care,

Deana SS

email dss@thetelegram.com
On Twitter @TelegramDeana
Friday October 11, 2013 9:03 
 
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